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Old 04-10-2011, 02:15 AM   #1
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Review Sony Netbook 11.1' VPCYB36KG

(SORRY! It should be 11.6")

Thought of writing this review since I can't really find anything online...



http://www.sony.com.sg/product/vpcyb...vpcyb36kg_b+e1


At S$700, this is not really that cheap. I was considering asus x23 (now at $600 with an external drive thrown in) or the popular asus 1215b (also at $600 with external drive).

My friend bought the latest 1215b... it doesn't look half-bad save for the cover that acts as a thumbprint scanner with your prints all over the cover.

Real usage, the Sony is fast (like any other latest netbook model). And since I am buying for my sister, who uses it to surf the web, do a bit of presentation and the usual microsoft office, it is more than enough. Btw, office 2003 installs perfectly on windows 7. Took 3 seconds to lauch powerpoint!!



But what really sold me was the built. This Sony netbook's built is nothing compared to Asus'. It feels solid not plasticky. As I am typing this on the Sony now, the keyboard is super responsive, comparable to my old Thinkpad or current Macbook. For the Asus, with every keystroke, I feel like the whole keyboard is shaking under my relatively fast typing and going to come apart.



The new series has the black version (I bought this). This is totally a black beauty! Everything is black, the cover, the casing, the buttons... it is wonderful... the cover sports a matt feel... and then finished off with the vaio logo in reflective silver... totally understated sublime beauty... (of course, I had to remove the disgusting sales stickers and logos on the keyboard)

Basically, this doesn't feel like a netbook, it feels more like a well-built ultraportable... It really reminds me of my wife's 11 incher years ago, which costs like 3k!!!

The second thing that proves why it costs $100 bucks more has to be the screen. The screen on the Asus 1215B just has this blurry feel to it... I just can't place it... But on the Sony, it is totally different... every pixel is rendered very sharp. Love it! 12" and 11.6" does not make a whole lot of difference in terms of screen estate. Sharpness is more obvious.



Like all Sony's products, it is nett price. I wonder if anybody at hwz can find it cheaper in Singapore. I went to Woodlands electronics (at west coast), the lady was nice enough to throw in a 2GB upgrade.... (which is only about $20). And also nice enough to let me choose the free bag... (current promo)... The carrying case which I chose is very well-built, there's the other version which feels very sad, like cheap nylon.

Since it doesn't have an external dvd drive, I need to find one. I could easily get a $55 fujitsu drive from Challenger. But I just can't help it! This black beauty needs a good matching saddle... it definitely have to be the $69 Sony drive!



After installing the essential software (AVG, Office, VLC, Gimp and Filezilla), I really want to keep this beauty... sigh... but this is a birthday present (which my brother also has a share) so hopefully my sister will fall in love with it too!

God bless!

PS. it also comes in 2 other diabetic-inducing colors and the classic silver:





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Old 04-10-2011, 07:34 AM   #2
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Thanks for sharing. was looking for one, it will be best if you could write about CPU config, batt life and weight feel etc.

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Old 04-10-2011, 07:45 AM   #3
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Thanks for sharing. was looking for one, it will be best if you could write about CPU config, batt life and weight feel etc.

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totally.

seems to me is like good on the outside bad on the inside hence nothing inside filled.

nice review though
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:15 PM   #4
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nice netbook but the screen was dimmer than the fujitsu 11.6, agree, solid chassis. 1215B feels like a ghetto netbook
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Old 09-10-2011, 12:54 AM   #5
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nice review. !
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Old 09-10-2011, 01:25 AM   #6
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Operating System: Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1 32-bit (English Version)
Processor Name: AMD Dual-Core E-450 APU (1.65 GHz)*1 1MB Cache
Memory: 2 GB (2 GB (SO-DIMM) x 1) DDR3 SDRAM*2 (upgradeable up to 4 GB*3) @ 1333MHz
Hard Disk Drive: 500 GB*4 (Serial ATA, 5400 rpm)
Graphics: AMD Radeon™ HD 6320 Graphics
Display: 11.6 inch wide (WXGA: 1366x768) TFT colour display (VAIO Display, LED backlight)
Interface: USB2.0 * 3, 1000Mbps (Gbe), HDMI, Card reader, IEEE 802.11b/g/n*6 (150Mbps), Bluetooth® standard Ver. 2.1 + EDR, web camera (Resolution: 640 x 480, Effective Pixels: 0.3 Mega pixels), Intel® High Definition Audio, Stereo speakers, Monaural microphone, 18.43 mm key pitch/1.6 mm keystroke, 83 keys, Touchpad (Gesture supported)
Battery: 4 hours
Size: 290 x 25-31.5 x 202.8 mm, 1.46Kg (including battery)

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beauty in design, high in price & below-standard hardware provided
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Operating System: Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1 32-bit (English Version)
Processor Name: AMD Dual-Core E-450 APU (1.65 GHz)*1 1MB Cache
Memory: 2 GB (2 GB (SO-DIMM) x 1) DDR3 SDRAM*2 (upgradeable up to 4 GB*3) @ 1333MHz
Hard Disk Drive: 500 GB*4 (Serial ATA, 5400 rpm)
Graphics: AMD Radeon™ HD 6320 Graphics
Display: 11.6 inch wide (WXGA: 1366x768) TFT colour display (VAIO Display, LED backlight)
Interface: USB2.0 * 3, 1000Mbps (Gbe), HDMI, Card reader, IEEE 802.11b/g/n*6 (150Mbps), Bluetooth® standard Ver. 2.1 + EDR, web camera (Resolution: 640 x 480, Effective Pixels: 0.3 Mega pixels), Intel® High Definition Audio, Stereo speakers, Monaural microphone, 18.43 mm key pitch/1.6 mm keystroke, 83 keys, Touchpad (Gesture supported)
Battery: 4 hours
Size: 290 x 25-31.5 x 202.8 mm, 1.46Kg (including battery)

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beauty in design, high in price & below-standard hardware provided

Isn't that Sony in a nutshell?
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Old 09-10-2011, 02:42 AM   #8
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For this $699 price tag,

Specs should be

Operating System: Genuine Windows® 7 Professional with Service Pack 1 32-bit (English Version)
Processor Name: AMD Dual-Core E-450 APU (1.65 GHz)*1 1MB Cache
Memory: 4 GB (2 GB (SO-DIMM) x 2) DDR3 SDRAM*2 (upgradeable up to 4 GB*3) @ 1333MHz
Hard Disk Drive: Intel 510 Series 120GB Solid State Drive
Graphics: AMD Radeon™ HD 6320 Graphics
Display: 11.6 inch wide (WXGA: 1366x768) TFT colour display (VAIO Display, LED backlight)
Interface: USB2.0 * 3, 1000Mbps (Gbe), HDMI, Card reader, IEEE 802.11b/g/n*6 (150Mbps), Bluetooth® standard Ver. 2.1 + EDR, web camera (Resolution: 640 x 480, Effective Pixels: 0.3 Mega pixels), Intel® High Definition Audio, Stereo speakers, Monaural microphone, 18.43 mm key pitch/1.6 mm keystroke, 83 keys, Touchpad (Gesture supported)
Battery: 4 hours
Size: 290 x 25-31.5 x 202.8 mm, 1.46Kg (including battery)


Free Sony Slim portable Optical Drive.


Yeah.......
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For this $699 price tag,

Specs should be

Operating System: Genuine Windows® 7 Professional with Service Pack 1 32-bit (English Version)
Processor Name: AMD Dual-Core E-450 APU (1.65 GHz)*1 1MB Cache
Memory: 4 GB (2 GB (SO-DIMM) x 2) DDR3 SDRAM*2 (upgradeable up to 4 GB*3) @ 1333MHz
Hard Disk Drive: Intel 510 Series 120GB Solid State Drive
Graphics: AMD Radeon™ HD 6320 Graphics
Display: 11.6 inch wide (WXGA: 1366x768) TFT colour display (VAIO Display, LED backlight)
Interface: USB2.0 * 3, 1000Mbps (Gbe), HDMI, Card reader, IEEE 802.11b/g/n*6 (150Mbps), Bluetooth® standard Ver. 2.1 + EDR, web camera (Resolution: 640 x 480, Effective Pixels: 0.3 Mega pixels), Intel® High Definition Audio, Stereo speakers, Monaural microphone, 18.43 mm key pitch/1.6 mm keystroke, 83 keys, Touchpad (Gesture supported)
Battery: 4 hours
Size: 290 x 25-31.5 x 202.8 mm, 1.46Kg (including battery)


Free Sony Slim portable Optical Drive.


Yeah.......
nope.

for me.. specs and etc can remain for the $699.

the devices i am referring to is:

USB2.0 * 3 - where is the USB 3.0?
IEEE 802.11b/g/n*6 (150Mbps) - hello? 300Mbps at least?
web camera (Resolution: 640 x 480, Effective Pixels: 0.3 Mega pixels) - biggest lol.. when 2.0MP is so common
Monaural microphone - erm ???
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Then lets wait for that this model to release:

For this $699 price tag,

Specs should be

Operating System: Genuine Windows® 7 Professional with Service Pack 1 32-bit (English Version)
Processor Name: AMD Dual-Core E-450 APU (1.65 GHz)*1 1MB Cache
Memory: 4 GB (2 GB (SO-DIMM) x 2) DDR3 SDRAM*2 (upgradeable up to 4 GB*3) @ 1333MHz
Hard Disk Drive: Intel 520 Series 120GB Solid State Drive
Graphics: AMD Radeon™ HD 6320 Graphics
Display: 11.6 inch wide (SWXGA+: 1366x768) TFT colour display (VAIO Display, LED backlight)
Interface: USB3.0 * 3, 1000Mbps (Gbe), HDMI, Card reader, IEEE 802.11b/g/n*6 (300Mbps), Bluetooth® standard Ver. 2.1 + EDR, web camera (Resolution: 640 x 480, Effective Pixels: 5 Mega pixels), Intel® High Definition Audio, Stereo speakers, Stero microphone, 18.43 mm key pitch/1.6 mm keystroke, 83 keys, Touchpad (Gesture supported)
Battery: 8 hours
Size: 290 x 25-31.5 x 202.8 mm, 1.46Kg (including battery)


Free Sony Slim portable Optical Drive.


Yeah.......
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Then lets wait for that this model to release:

For this $699 price tag,

Specs should be

Operating System: Genuine Windows® 7 Professional with Service Pack 1 32-bit (English Version)
Processor Name: AMD Dual-Core E-450 APU (1.65 GHz)*1 1MB Cache
Memory: 4 GB (2 GB (SO-DIMM) x 2) DDR3 SDRAM*2 (upgradeable up to 4 GB*3) @ 1333MHz
Hard Disk Drive: Intel 520 Series 120GB Solid State Drive
Graphics: AMD Radeon™ HD 6320 Graphics
Display: 11.6 inch wide (SWXGA+: 1366x768) TFT colour display (VAIO Display, LED backlight)
Interface: USB3.0 * 3, 1000Mbps (Gbe), HDMI, Card reader, IEEE 802.11b/g/n*6 (300Mbps), Bluetooth® standard Ver. 2.1 + EDR, web camera (Resolution: 640 x 480, Effective Pixels: 5 Mega pixels), Intel® High Definition Audio, Stereo speakers, Stero microphone, 18.43 mm key pitch/1.6 mm keystroke, 83 keys, Touchpad (Gesture supported)
Battery: 8 hours
Size: 290 x 25-31.5 x 202.8 mm, 1.46Kg (including battery)


Free Sony Slim portable Optical Drive.


Yeah.......
hell yeah... 10years later maybe might have.
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Old 17-10-2011, 12:34 PM   #12
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I don't think the chipset support SATA 6Gbps so Intel 510 SSD might not be the best fit in this case.
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win7 32bit only? specs is so yesteryears..
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win7 32bit only? specs is so yesteryears..
Cut cost.. Sony earns high profit margin 1
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Cut cost.. Sony earns high profit margin 1
Yes, normal for Sony product. Most of their products are actually Asus.
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